risk reducing mastectomy

Hi everyone, im new so hopefully im posting in the right place!


I wondered if anyone had been through a double mastectomy that could possibly give me some advice? 


My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 29 years and sadly lost the fight aged 32 :frowning: of course as a child watching my mum go through this, was awful. I do worry everyday about my risk of getting breast cancer as I am now 29 years wih 2 young children. I have had quite a few consultations at the hospital to consider a risk reducing mastectomy, if anyone could share there experiences I would be so grateful especialy…

recovery time

pain after operation

emotional feelings after op

whether having the op totally puts your mind at rest 


thanks xx 

Hi there

I have just had a double mastectomy, breast cancer in one boob and the other as a risk reduction because of family history. My mum also died far to early at the age of 27 so I understand completely how you feel. Her mum (my nan) also had breast cancer in her 60’s. I was referred by my gp for genectic testing and after waiting 6 months for a reply I was told that although i had a family history i was not considered high risk enough for testing. In the 6 months waiting time I was diagnosed with breast cancer and they are now going to see me for testing. My main concern are my 2 daughters, athough they are very on the case for checking boobs I would feel reassured if they had regular checks. They are 27 and 32 now and it worries me so much.

Sorry I have waffled… I had the double mastectomy and thankfully did not need radiotherapy or chemo so was able to have immediate implants. I can’t say it has been easy, but we are all different and i would not like to influence your decision.  

Hope I have been some help, good luck

take care xxx 

Hi Animalmad, sorry to hear about your situation.  There is a section called Family History and Genetics under the Have I Got Breast Cancer section.  Some of the ladies posting there might have more relevant information.  You might get a better response if you try posting the same question there.  There is so much on the forum I think people get stuck in their favourite areas and don’t always look around. Good luck. X

Hi animalmad and welcome to the BCC forums

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Lucy BCC